- Mar 13, 2006
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I am not really familiar with local politics over there, but this might interest some of ya: Just read this on the SFGate webpage:
That recent item on the incoming House Speaker's spectacular fashion sense -- the "Pelosi" look of expensive pearls and tasteful Armani suits -- has set off a firestorm of pointed commentary suggesting that "Spin City" has engaged in outrageous sexism by focusing on the Speaker's high-end, high-fashion Italian designer wardrobe.
Hey, for the record: the words "Speaker" and "Armani" have regularly appeared in the same sentence in this paper.
Just ask Willie Brown.
By popular demand -- and since all politics are local -- we will now prove our non-sexist bent by reporting on that other sharp clothes hound with the title of "Speaker" who has gained the nod of fashionistas.
That would be California state Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, who -- you read it here first -- personally supports generous free trade with Italy by regularly investing in labels like Armani, Brioni, the ultra-fine Emenegildo Zegna, and shoes like Santoni and Bruno Magli.
We talked to Steve Maviglio, the speaker's Italian-made spokesman, who confirms that the Speaker is fiscally responsible, environmentally progressive and socially into conservative but sharp clothes. "He doesn't do things with screaming labels ... like little polo horses," sniffs Maviglio.
And the guy is serious about fashion policy: "Absolutely -- he spends a good half hour rummaging through his closet before he picks a suit every day," Maviglio sighs. "He critiques the staff on a regular basis. He's personally responsible for me upgrading my wardrobe."
Indeed, sources at The Chronicle say that it's easy to get the Speaker to do an editorial board -- when there's a Nordy's half-yearly sale on.
"For his birthday, we routinely give him gift certificates from Nordstrom's," Maviglio admits. "He went to Italy last year and had to bring an extra bag home."